St. Thomas sweeps 2008-09 MIAC All-Sports Competition

St. Thomas sweeps 2008-09 MIAC All-Sports Competition

St. Paul, Minn. -- The University of St. Thomas has swept the 2008-09 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's and Women's All-Sports Competitions. The traveling All-Sports Trophy is awarded annually to the institution that accumulates the best all-sports record during the MIAC academic year.

For the Tommie men, it is their 23rd overall All-Sports Award, and for the St. Thomas women it is the 18th title in the 26-year history of the women's award. This is the second straight sweep of the men's and women's titles for St. Thomas.

In 2008-09, St. Thomas won four men's championships (basketball, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and baseball) and totaled 91 points to claim the George Durenberger Trophy. The Tommie men scored at least five points in each sport including second-place ties in football and hockey. St. Olaf, paced by team titles in cross country, swimming & diving, and hockey, finished second with 78.5 points. This is the best finish for the Ole men since 2000-2001. Saint John's with championships in football and golf placed third with 73.5 points. Gustavus, one point back with 72.5, was fourth and Bethel was fifth with 64.5 points.

St. Thomas won the 2008-09 MIAC Pat Wiesner Women's All-Sports Award after capturing five MIAC regular season titles. The Tommies won women's championships in volleyball, cross country, soccer, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field this season. Since the All-Sports Award altered its scoring format in 2003-04, St. Thomas' total of 115.5 is the most ever scored by an institution in a season. Gustavus followed the Tommies in second place with 105.5 points. The Gusties claimed team titles in golf, hockey, tennis, and softball during the 2008-09 season. The Gusties were followed by Saint Benedict (87 points), Carleton (77.5 points), and Concordia (75.5 points).

The MIAC All-Sports trophy had its beginning in the 1963-64 school year, when Bob Schabert, who, at the time, covered the MIAC for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, began determining men's all-sports results. The current men's trophy, the George Durenberger Trophy, was donated by Saint John's University beginning in the 1972-73 school year. On the women's side, the Pat Wiesner Trophy, was donated by Macalester College beginning in the 1983-84 school year, a year after women's sports competition began in the MIAC.

Final Men's Standings
1. St. Thomas - 91
2. St. Olaf - 78.5
3. Saint John's - 73.5
4. Gustavus - 72.5
5. Bethel - 64.5
6. Carleton - 62.5
7. Hamline - 53.5
8. Augsburg - 49
9. Concordia - 39.5
10. Macalester - 30
11. Saint Mary's - 17.5
Final Women's Standings
1. St. Thomas - 115.5
2. Gustavus - 105.5
3. Saint Benedict - 87
4. Carleton - 77.5
5. Concordia - 75.5
6. St. Olaf - 64
7. Bethel - 56.5
8. Hamline - 47.5
9. St. Catherine - 45
10. Macalester - 41.5
11. Saint Mary's - 38
12. Augsburg - 31.5

MIAC All-Sports Competition